Still Bay (or Stilbaai) is a tiny holiday town on the Garden Route, some 4 hours drive from Cape Town. It's a delightful place: the shallow bay is wonderful for swimming, there are kilometres of white beaches for long walks or just lazing about in the sun and the Goukou River lagoon provides an ideal place to canoe, waterski or windsurf. During whale season (July - November) it's a great spot for watching whale mothers and their calves playing in the bay, the viewpoint above the harbour providing an excellent vantage point. The town was established in 1894 and has been a popular holiday destination ever since. Between 1930 and 1955 a pontoon ferried vehicles across the Goukou River, the pontoon being replaced by an attractive bridge that remains a focal point of the  town to this day.

Sublime views of Jongensfontein, a sleepy little holiday town in the Western Cape.

Sublime views of Jongensfontein, a sleepy little holiday town in the Western Cape.

There is an active ebiking and mountain biking community in the town and, on the afternoon of our arrival, we joined Howard and Sanet Thomson for a ride to the nearby seaside hamlet that goes by the name of Jongensfontein. It's pretty much a tar road ride, although there is a small section of gravel road, sandy tracks and a short piece of rocky single track. But the reward for all of this is the "soft serve" ice-cream at the Drie Pikkewyne Restaurant on the beach front. Be sure to get the one with a chocolate flake in the middle! The route back to our rented accommodation (Beach Blessings, booked through Jenny Olivier +27 (82) 565 0979) took us through the streets of Jongensfontein, up a steep hill and onto the main road to Still Bay. Howard and Sanet added a loop to the quaint little harbour where we took the inevitable selfies and then cycled back to base, past the whale viewpoint mentioned above. That's really worth a stop to take in the view.

The views along the coastline near Jongensfontein are just beautiful - watch out for the ants though - they bite!

The views along the coastline near Jongensfontein are just beautiful - watch out for the ants though - they bite!

Howard and Sanet lead the way on our ebike ride from Still Bay to Jongensfontein.

Howard and Sanet lead the way on our ebike ride from Still Bay to Jongensfontein.

There are a number of restaurants and Take Away places in town, but remember almost all of them are closed on a Sunday evening, Restobar and Hanlie's Bistro being the exceptions.

A quick stop at Still Bay Harbour for a team photograph.

A quick stop at Still Bay Harbour for a team photograph.

Route Distance: 32km

Route conditions: Mostly tar as mentioned above. The dirt road sections are good and the trails, pretty sandy. We took a short, rocky single track down from the communications mast viewpoint, which may mean a walk if you are not technically inclined. The road between Still Bay and Jongensfontein can get mildly busy, so keep well to the left and ride in single file. Front and rear lights are recommended.

Beach Blessings rental accommodation: Google Maps

Beach Blessings rental accommodation GPS: S34° 21.348' E21° 24.738'

Drie Pikkewyne Restaurant: Google Maps

Drie Pikkewyne Restaurantg GPS: S34° 25.608' E21° 20.266'

Download the GPS track to Jongensfontein here.